Very challenging to bowl in IPL: Basil Thampi

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Basil Thampi said bowling in the Indian Premier League has helped him gain confidence as a bowler and better his trade as it is the one of the hardest things to do

Basil Thampi will be competing with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed for a spot

Basil Thampi will be competing with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul and Khaleel Ahmed for a spot (BCCI Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Basil Thampi will be turning up for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019
  • Sunrisers will begin their campaign against KKR on March 24 at the Eden Gardens
  • Thampi said he will mostly stick to his stock delivery, which is the yorker

Young Kerala pacer Basil Thampi feels the IPL has given him the confidence to bowl at just about any batsman in the world as the tournament is more challenging for the bowlers.

The 25-year-old uncapped pacer will be turning up for the Sunrisers Hyderabad this year after two seasons with the now dissolved Gujarat Lions.

“It is very challenging to bowl in the IPL because it is a batsmen’s game and we all know that. We should have confidence to bowl, that is the key. So, in the last three years I got the confidence to bowl at everyone. Whenever I get the ball, I want to deliver my best,” Thampi told PTI in an interaction.

The IPL season 12 commences on March 23.

Thampi is part of an impressive bowling line-up that also includes experienced swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul and left-arm seamer Khaleel Ahmed.

“This coming season I want to do well. The most important thing is if I get a chance, I want to do well for the team. From the last experience, I learnt a lot for this team,” Thampi said.

The youngster said he will mostly stick to his stock delivery, which is the yorker.

“Because I have good yorkers, I guess, and I want to stick to it and, with that, some variations,” the right-arm medium pacer said.

According to Thampi, the most important thing which he learnt from the senior pacers was how to prepare his body.

Thampi said he shares a good rapport with his co-pacers.

“We know each other. Khaleel, Sandeep and Siddharth Kaul, we have played together in India A matches. We are (always) sharing our thoughts on and off the field,” he said.

Sunrisers will begin their IPL campaign against Kolkata Knight Riders on March 24 at the Eden Gardens.

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